A man who died Tuesday after being pinned between two trailers in an industrial accident on Tacoma’s Tideflats has been identified as 60-year-old Lory Reimann.
Reimann of Seatac worked for Scarsella Brothers.
The accident was reported about 7 a.m. in the 700 block of East 11th Street.
Police said two employees were trying to hook up a trailer, but the landing was too low.
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Reimann tried to raise the trailer and lower the landing gear, but the trailer slipped and he was pinned.
According to records by the Washington state Department Labor and Industries, Scarsella Brothers has had 13 safety inspections since 2011, four with violations.
Of those four violations, one inspection reported two serious repeat violations in 2014. Employees did not have adequate protection against a cave-in for excavation work, and a supervisor allowed an employee to enter the excavation without an appropriate protective system in place.
Labor and Industries will investigate a workplace after a hospitalization or death caused by safety violations, said agency spokeswoman Elaine Fischer. She said Scarsella Brothers did not appear to have any investigations prompted by a serious injury or death since 2010.
In this case, “Our investigators responded as soon as we were notified and started an investigation,” Fisher said.
It can take the agency three to six months to complete a workplace fatality investigation.
Scarsella Brothers is a “family-owned heavy civil construction company” that does excavation, rock drilling, mass grading, and underground pipe and utility installation, according to its website.
Staff writer Kate Martin contributed to this report.
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